The Neocons on Pakistan: Neat, Simple, and Dangerously Naïve
Analysis by Najum Mushtaq
Writers like Frederick Kagan, Michael O’Hanlon, Charles Krauthammer, and John Bolton have been wringing their hands over what to do about Pakistan, offering risible suggestions about how the U.S. military could intervene and naïvely arguing that the Pakistani military is a force for "Westernization" and stability. Failing to learn the lessons of the Reagan era, which saw the military fall under the influence of Islamists, these neoconservatives ignore the fact that under leaders like Gen. Pervez Musharraf minority extremists have gained prominence. Instituting democracy and a culture of civilian supremacy will take decades of uninterrupted electoral exercise and peaceful transitions of power. But the alternative to this—in the name of stability, antiterrorism, and nuclear safekeeping—would spell disaster for Pakistan as well as for global security. Read full story.
By Jim Lobe
In the run-up to this week’s Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Annapolis, the regular suspects at outfits like AEI and Freedom’s Watch have criticized U.S. and Israeli leaders for supporting the talks. Read full story.
Led by Natan Sharansky, Benjamin Netanyahu, and others, One Jerusalem, a Likud-aligned group based in New York City, has worked to push back Mideast peace proposals, including the recent Annapolis talks.
Zakheim was an integral part of the team that shaped Bush administration foreign and defense policies; for three years as Pentagon Comptroller, he oversaw U.S. military spending during the early stages of the "war on terror."
Chalabi, the infamous Iraqi exile close to neoconservatives who was accused of providing false intelligence about the regime of Saddam Hussein, has re-emerged as head of a key Iraqi government agency charged with providing services in Baghdad.
Donnelly, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, has argued since 9/11 that the greatest threat facing America and the world is what he terms "revolutionary Islam."
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